Sara Miller McCune Director, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
Margaret Levi (CASBS fellow, 1993-94) is the Sara Miller McCune Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University, professor of political science at Stanford, and Jere L. Bacharach Professor Emerita of International Studies in the department of political science at the University of Washington. She was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow (2002-03) and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2001), the National Academy of Sciences (2015), the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences (2016), and the American Philosophical Society (2018). She served as president of the American Political Science Association in 2004-05. In 2014 she received the William H. Riker Prize in Political Science. In 2019 she was named the 25th laureate of the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science. The prize was awarded to Levi for “having laid the foundations of our understanding of why citizens accept state coercion, by combining theoretical acumen and historical knowledge.
Former U.S. Ambassador
Jeffrey L. Bleich is currently the CEO of Dentons international consulting and a Partner in Dentons US LLP. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia, and prior to that as special counsel to President Obama in the White House. In addition to his private practice, Bleich has held multiple state and federal leadership positions including chair of the California State University Board of Trustees (2008-2009), president of the California State Bar (2007-2008), president of the Bar Association of San Francisco (2002-2003), Director of the White House Commission on youth violence (1999-2000), and president of the Barristers Club of San Francisco (1995). Bleich currently serves as Vice Chair of the Fulbright Board and on California’s International Trade and Investment Council, and he advises the Administration on cyber-security and countering violent extremism.
As Ambassador, Bleich led security efforts that included bringing the Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty into force, establishing new alliance agreements for satellites and cybersecurity, and executing a new space cooperation agreement that supported the Mars Curiosity rover landing. His mission set records for sustainability and clean energy promotion, as well as for trade and investment growth between the United States and Australia.
Bleich holds a BA from Amherst College, an MPP from Harvard University, and a JD from the University of California Berkeley School of Law. He clerked for Judge Abner Mikva on the Washington, DC, circuit and Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist on the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2009, the city of San Francisco named a day in his honor.
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Business, Public Service and Sociology, New York University
Xav Briggs is distinguished visiting professor of business, public service and sociology at New York University and a non-resident senior fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. An award-winning scholar and educator whose work addresses economic opportunity and inequality, housing and urban development, democracy, and government effectiveness, he is also an experienced leader in government and philanthropy.
Briggs was a senior policy official in the Obama White House, a faculty member at Harvard and later the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and most recently vice president of the Ford Foundation. He serves on the boards of the Global Impact Investing Network, Just Capital, and is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. His books include The Geography of Opportunity: Race and Housing Choice in America, Democracy as Problem Solving: Civic Capacity in Communities across the Globe, and Moving to Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty.
Briggs earned an engineering degree at Stanford University, an MPA at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a PhD in sociology and education at Columbia University. He was a Rotary Scholar at the Federal University of Bahia in Brazil.
Independent Co-Chairman, Deloitte Center for the Edge
John Seely Brown (JSB) was the chief scientist of Xerox Corporation until April 2002 and the director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) until June 2000. He is currently a visiting scholar and advisor to the provost at the University of Southern California and serves as the independent co-chairman for Deloitte’s Center for the Edge.
JSB is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, and a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. He serves on numerous private and public boards of directors, including Amazon, and has been a trustee for nonprofits including the MacArthur Foundation and In-Q-Tel. He coauthored (with Paul Duguid) The Social Life of Information(Harvard Business Review Press, 2000) and (with John Hagel) The Only Sustainable Edge(Harvard Business Review Press, 2005) and The Power of Pull(Basic Books, 2012). His most recent book, The New Culture of Learning(CreateSpace, 2011), was coauthored with Doug Thomas at USC; and his current book project, Design Unbound, is coauthored with Ann Pendleton-Jullian from Georgetown University.
JSB received a BA in mathematics and physics from Brown University in 1962 and a PhD in computer and communication sciences from the University of Michigan in 1970. His eight honorary degrees include: May 2000, Brown University, ScD; July 2001, London Business School, Honorary ScD in Economics; May 2004, Claremont Graduate University, Honorary DHL; May 2005, University of Michigan, Honorary ScD; May 2009, North Carolina State University, Honorary ScD; May 2011, Illinois Institute of Technology, Honorary Doctor of Design; July 2013, Singapore Management University, ScD(CSIS); May 2014, ScD, Bates College.
Shona Brown joined Google’s executive team in 2003. She served in the capacity of SVP of Business Operations until 2011 when she transitioned to a role leading Google’s technology for social impact efforts, and in January of 2013 she moved into an advisory role with the company. Currently, Dr. Brown is serving as a board member/advisor to a portfolio of private technology start-ups including Xperiel, Betterworks, ClearStoryData, Candor Inc, and Paperless Post. In addition, she serves on the board of PepsiCo and Atlassian Inc. She is also a board member of several non-profit organizations including The Bridgespan Group, The Nature Conservancy, The Center For Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford, Code for America, and The Exploratorium. Prior to joining Google, Dr. Brown was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where her focus was working with technology companies on growth strategy and portfolio transformation. She is the author of Competing on the Edge: Strategy as Structured Chaos, which introduced a new strategic model for competing in volatile markets. She has a bachelor’s degree in computer systems engineering from Carleton University in Canada, an MA in economics and philosophy from Oxford University (which she attended as a Rhodes scholar), and a PhD and postdoctoral degree from Stanford University’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management.
Chair; Justice, Supreme Court of California and former Stanley Morrison Professor of Law, Stanford University
Justice Mariano-Florentino (Tino) Cuéllar began serving on the California Supreme Court in January 2015. Previously he was the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law, Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science, and Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cuéllar is a scholar of public law, complex organizations, and political economy whose work explores how change happens in administrative agencies and legislation, cyberlaw, public health and safety, and international affairs. At the Freeman Spogli Institute, he grew the faculty, launched initiatives on global poverty and cyber policy to support creation of new university research centers, and expanded the Institute’s work on public health, climate policy, nuclear security, and education. In the Obama administration he led the White House Domestic Policy Council’s teams working on civil and criminal justice, public health, and immigration (2009-2010). In this capacity, he was responsible for efforts to enact bipartisan food safety, public health, and sentencing reform legislation, as well as the repeal of the military’s Don’tAsk/Don’t Tell policy. He then co-chaired the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission (2011-2013), which delivered a unanimous report to Congress offering a roadmap for reforms enacted in the Every Student Succeeds Act. Currently, he chairs the boards of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, AI Now, and Stanford Seed, and serves on the Harvard Corporation (President & Fellows of Harvard College), the board of Hewlett Foundation, and the council of the American Law Institute. After joining the Supreme Court, he led the judiciary’s implementation task force on language access to expand services for the millions of Californians who are limited-English speakers (2015-2019). A naturalized U.S. citizen born in northern Mexico, he is a graduate of Harvard, Stanford, and Yale Law School, and clerked for the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Dave Hitz co-founded NetApp, a Silicon Valley data management company, in 1992. He has played many roles there including programmer, evangelist, architect, VP of Engineering, mascot, strategist, cheerleader, and coach. He wrote a book, How to Castrate a Bull, about NetApp's journey from startup to global Fortune 500 company. He previously worked for MIPS and Auspex.
Dave's charitable interests range from Mayan archeology to 3D scanning of museum collections and ancient sites to global sustainability. As chairman of Deep Springs College, Dave helped guide the transition to coeducation after 100 years of all-male enrollment. He co-founded Play On!, which is translating all of Shakespeare's plays into performable 21st century English. It has been called the single largest literary translation project since the King James Bible (and also "a waste of money and talent").
Dave dropped out of high school. He attended George Washington University, Swarthmore College, and Deep Springs College, eventually graduating from Princeton University after an eight year undergraduate career with a BSE in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.
As Google’s ninth employee, Salar's early roles at Google included drafting its first business plan, starting its early legal and finance functions, and co-founding Google's product team. Salar and his engineering partner designed AdWords, then helped grow it into Google's major source of revenue. He next led product management for Google's web applications, including Gmail and Docs. He advocated for Google's purchase of YouTube, and led the organization from 2009 through early 2014, where he helped expand the site into a global broadcast platform for thousands of advertisers, millions of creators, and more than one billion viewers. Salar earned his bachelor's degree in biological sciences with honors from Stanford University.
Executive Officer and Director of The Charles and Roberta Katz Family Foundation
Roberta Katz, a senior research scholar at CASBS, coordinates an interdisciplinary set of scholars who are examining the cultural norms and values of those born during and after the mid-1990s, an age group that has been denominated “Generation Z.” The research looks closely at the traits that define the Generation Z culture, both in and outside the United States, and at the historical trends that have influenced the enculturation of members of this group.
Katz holds a PhD in anthropology as well as a law degree, and was previously the General Counsel of McCaw Cellular Corporation (now AT&T Wireless) and then of Netscape Corporation. For thirteen years, she served under Stanford University Presidents John Hennessy and Marc Tessier-Lavigne as the associate vice president for strategic planning at Stanford. She also served as President Tessier-Lavigne’s interim chief of staff until early 2017. Katz has been deeply involved in the facilitation of a variety of interdisciplinary research initiatives at Stanford, and she is a current member of the CASBS board of directors. She is also currently chair of the board of the Exploratorium, a science museum in San Francisco.
Former CEO of Sears Holdings Corporation and Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Alan J. Lacy is the former vice chairman and chief executive officer of Sears Holdings Corporation, which was created through the combination of Kmart Holding Corporation and Sears, Roebuck and Co in 2004. At its formation, the company generated over $50 billion in revenues, had 3,800 stores and 450,000 employees. He previously served as chairman and chief executive officer of Sears, Roebuck and Co. Before joining Sears in 1994, he served in a variety of leadership positions at Kraft Foods, Inc. and Philip Morris Companies, Inc. (Kraft’s parent company after 1988).
He is a director of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and is a trustee of Fidelity Funds and the California Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
Previously, he served as a member of the Business Roundtable, a director and member of the Executive Committee of the National Retail Federation, a director and chairman of Dave and Buster’s Entertainment and a director of The Western Union Company. In addition, he has served as a trustee of The Field Museum of Natural History, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Chicago Botanic Garden and a trustee, and former chairman, of the National Parks Conservation Association.
He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Industrial Management and earned an MBA from Emory University.
He and his wife, Caron, reside in Pebble Beach, California.
Chairman, Bei Shan Tang Foundation
Chien Lee is a native of Hong Kong who spends most of his time working with not-for-profit organizations, particularly in the education sector. Aside from chairing his family’s foundation, Lee is Vice Chairman of the Council of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Chairman of the CUHK Medical Center, Supervisor of St. Paul's Co-educational College in Hong Kong and Trustee of Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. Lee is also a non-executive director of Hysan Development Company Limited and Swire Pacific Limited, which are publicly listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Lee received his BS, MS, and MBA degrees from Stanford University and has served his alma mater in many capacities, including on the university's Board of Trustees, the Board of the Stanford Alumni Association, the Advisory Councils of the Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies, the Graduate School of Business, the Graduate School of Education, and the School of Engineering. He is currently on the Board of Stanford Health Care (previously known as Stanford Hospital and Clinics).
Principal and Vice-Chancellor (President) Emerita, McGill University (2003-13); , Chair, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)
Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum (CASBS Class of 2013-14) is Chair of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). She serves as Director, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and Chair of RBC’s Corporate Governance Committee; as Director of CGI Group, the CD Howe Institute and the Gairdner Foundation, where she serves as Vice-Chair of the Board. She is a Member of the President’s Council of the New York Academy of Sciences, the Board of Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), and, the Trilateral Commission. Munroe-Blum is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Quebec and a Specially Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She has extensive experience in governance, risk management, finance, human resources and talent development, international business, and innovation and technology development.
Munroe-Blum is a distinguished academic leader and administrator. She is an outstanding scholar in the fields of psychiatric epidemiology and public policy. She served for over a decade as Principal and Vice-Chancellor (President) of McGill University, and before that, as Vice-President (Research and International Relations), the University of Toronto. She is a graduate of McMaster University, Wilfrid Laurier University, and, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received a Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology (with distinction). She is the recipient of numerous national and international awards for her leadership in mental health, research, science and innovation, higher education and governance.
Munroe-Blum is married to screenwriter, Len Blum. They have one daughter, Sydney.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the World Justice Project
Bill Neukom is the founder and chief executive officer of the World Justice Project, an organization devoted to promoting the rule of law throughout the world. He is a retired partner in the Seattle office of the international law firm K&L Gates and is an adjunct lecturer at Stanford Law School, where he teaches a seminar on the rule of law.
Paul Ricci was the chairman and CEO of Nuance Communications until he retired in March 2018. While at Nuance, Ricci transformed the company from a small imaging software publisher into a $2 billion leading provider of conversational speech and AI solutions, with 14,000 employees worldwide. During his tenure, the company successfully developed a pioneering healthcare technology business, became the leading global provider of customer self-service solutions, and built one of the world’s largest independent automotive software businesses.
Prior to joining Nuance in 2000, Ricci spent more than a decade at Xerox Corporation, where he served as a division president. He began his career at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center. Ricci holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Stanford University. He is a member of the Innovation Advisory Board at Partners Healthcare.
Historian and Writer
Abby Smith Rumsey is a historian of ideas. She writes and lectures widely on analog and digital preservation, online scholarship, the nature of evidence, the changing roles of libraries and archives, and the impact of new information technologies on perceptions of history, time, and identity. She is the author of When We Are No More: How Digital Memory is Shaping our Future (2016).
Rumsey served as co-director and director of the Scholarly Communication Institute at the University of Virginia (2002-2014); Director of Programs at the Council on Library and Information Resources (1997-2005); and managed programs relating to preservation of and access to cultural heritage collections at the Library of Congress (1988-1997). She was a member of the National Science Foundation’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Economics of Digital Preservation and Access, as well as writer and editor of its final report, “Sustainable Economics for a Digital Planet.” She served as an advisor to the American Council of Learned Societies’ Commission on the Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences. She was senior advisor to the Library of Congress’s National Digital Information Infrastructure Program.
Rumsey holds a BA from Harvard College and MA and PhD degrees in Russian and intellectual history from Harvard University. She received a Fulbright Fellowship and IREX travel grant to the former Soviet Union and has taught at Harvard and Johns Hopkins. She serves on the Harvard Board of Overseers Committee to Visit the Harvard University Library, the Stanford University Library Advisory Committee, and the board of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.
Professor and Chair, Sociology Department, University of Washington
Katherine Stovel is professor and chair of the Sociology Department at the University of Washington. From 2014-2017 she was the director of the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences.
Stovel is general sociologist who studies basic questions concerning the dynamic interplay of social organization and social relations. Her research, which follows in the tradition of social networks analysis, examines how core social processes are expressed in particular settings, and why these processes occasionally result in new institutional arrangements or new identities for individuals. Over the years she has investigated a number of substantive topics, including the impact of technological change on innovation, the micro-dynamics of brokerage relations, the impact of networks on employment segregation, the emergence of modern career systems, the process of becoming a Nazi, and temporal patterning in lynching in the Southern US. She also has a long-standing interest in how social context affects the health of adolescents. Stovel’s research has been published in major journals in Sociology and related disciplines, and has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and several private foundations.
Stovel holds an A.B. in political science from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She spent the 2008-09 academic year as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and from 2013-17 served as the editor of the British Journal of Sociology.
In her extra-professional life, she enjoys sailing, cooking, and learning about early 20th century expressionist art.
Professor in Residence and Director, Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice, UCLA
Maryanne Wolf is a scholar, teacher, and advocate for children and literacy around the world. She is the director of the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at UCLA in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and the former John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. She is Chapman University’s Presidential Fellow (2018-2020) and past fellow (2014-2015) and research affiliate (2016-2017) at CASBS.
Wolf's awards include highest honors from International Dyslexia Association (Geschwind and Orton awards) and The Dyslexia Foundation (Einstein Prize); Distinguished Researcher of the Year for Learning Disabilities in Australia; Distinguished Teacher of the Year from the state and national American Psychological Association; Fulbright Fellowship ( Germany); and the Christopher Columbus Award for Intellectual Innovation for co-founding Curious Learning: A Global Literacy Initiative, with deployments in Africa, India, Australia, and rural United States. She is external advisor to the International Monetary Fund, Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation, and other Boards, and a frequent speaker about global literacy at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
Wolf has authored over 170 scientific publications; the RAVE-O reading curriculum for dyslexia; RAN/RAS tests of reading prediction with Martha Denckla; and Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain (15 translations; HarperCollins, 2007); Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2016); and Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital Culture (11 translations, HarperCollins, 2018). Most recently (October 2019), she received both the national award from the Reading League for her contributions on reading research and the Walter Ong Award for her work on the effects of different mediums on the intellectual development of the species.
Founder and Executive Chairman, SAGE Publishing
Sara Miller McCune is the founder of SAGE Publishing and executive chairman of the company’s board of directors. Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit and an unwavering dedication to academia, the then-24-year-old Sara founded SAGE in 1965 to start a company that would allow scholars to disseminate quality research in their own voices and break new ground in emerging fields of study. Today, McCune also serves as a director of SAGE Publications Ltd. (London, founded in 1971) and Corwin, a SAGE company and leading publisher for educational administrators and teachers. SAGE set up subsidiaries in India in 1981, in Singapore in 2006, in Melbourne in 2016, and has subsequently opened offices in Beijing and Shanghai, Cairo, Vancouver, and Toronto. McCune remains actively involved in the company’s expansion and development.
Reflecting her longstanding interest in philanthropy, especially in promoting social, educational, economic, and environmental justice, McCune is founder and president of the McCune Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Ventura County, California, where SAGE’s home office is located. The foundation supports productive change through building social capital in two counties on California’s Central Coast.
In 2007, McCune founded the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, which launched the award-winning magazine Pacific Standard. In 2017, the magazine and the Center’s mission were transferred to The Social Justice Foundation, a non-profit organization supported by SAGE Publishing which will secure the magazine’s perpetuity.
An active supporter of the behavioral and social sciences, McCune was a long-serving member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, served for several years on the board of directors for the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University, and chairs the Visiting Committee at the Social Science Research Council based in New York, where she also serves on its Board of Directors.
In 2012, McCune received an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Queens College, for her visionary work as publisher, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. In 2014, she was awarded an honorary fellowship from Cardiff University and an honorary doctorate from Bath University, and in 2016, McCune received an honorary degree from CSU Channel Islands. She is also an Honorary Fellow of both CASBS at Stanford, and Pembroke College at Oxford.
In 2018, McCune received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the London Book Fair for her pioneering work in publishing, dedication to philanthropy, and tireless support of social science research.